I love this fabric
Today I am going to Review two more pieces I bought from Gobi Cashmere Mongolia.
Cashmere is my absolute favorite fabric and in recent years I phased out my other knitwear.
After discovering Gobi Cashmere last year, it was a great opportunity to check out the rest of their offerings.
In today’s article I will review a Navy Turtleneck and a set of loungewear for my more casual needs.
Less closeups, more worn photos this time!
Gobi Cashmere brief history
I already covered Gobi Cashmere as a company in my last article.
It was a Review about a Navy Striped Turtleneck which I still enjoy to this day (Check it Here).
Gobi Cashmere is a Mongolian company producing clothes and accessories made out of…..you guessed it.
In recent years they launched a European site based in Germany, which made it much more accessible to us living here.
Over the past 12 months I see their ads everywhere and I literally mean everywhere.
I would be skeptical if I was a new customer because usually such aggressive repetitive advertisement it can mean quality might suffer.
But they are a huge company with many employees and their quality already satisfied me.
What was great (for consumers) was their constant sales throughout the last 6 months.
I have an affiliate link for Gobi Cashmere (I get commission if you click and buy something) but this is not a sponsored post.
Today’s clothes were bought with my own money, taking advantage of these sales.
If you want to click and support the Blog it will mean a lot to me, but of course you don’t have to.
Cashmere as a fabric
I absolutely adore cashmere.
Alongside alpaca it is the finest, most lovely material and fiber to enjoy.
It is a breathable, extremely soft fiber with self-cleaning properties and is much warmer than merino wool.
This allows clothes that can be thinner in appearance but equally warm.
Of course, the ply method and how chunky the knit is can play a role but few things are as elegant as a cashmere overcoat.
There are a few Reviews I have on Cashmere garments already including comparisons to other brands:
- Soft Goat Cashmere Review Roundup
- Suitsupply Overcoat Review
- Altea Milano Turtleneck Review
- Gobi Cashmere Striped Turtleneck Review
There are a few issues I spotted after long use, such as a lot of pilling on the sides or weaker elbow joints but more on that later.
Tip: I had also included Gobi Cashmere in the 5 Best Cashmere Sweaters for Men in 2021.
Last time I made a mistake and chose a knit with a purl textured weave.
It did not matter since it ended up being a great casual piece.
What I was really lacking however was a plain navy turtleneck with a smooth weave.
But also the disappointing Soft Goat pieces that I used almost daily for loungewear lasted just 1.5 year before they ripped at the joints.
Specifically the elbows and the knee joints.
So I also looked for a nice loungewear hoodie and trouser set.
Here are the specifications of what I bought:
- Brand: Gobi Cashmere Mongolia
- Model 1: Turtleneck Sweater
- Model 2: Hoodie & Jogger Pants Set
- Color 1: Navy
- Color 2: Decadent Chocolate
- Ply: Single
- Fabric: 100% Cashmere
- Size 1: Small
- Size 2: Medium
- Fit: Regular
- Price 1: €99 (~$110)
- Price 2: €113 (~$130)
If I recall right, the turtleneck was on a 30% Discount and the loungewear set on a whooping 70% off.
At the time of writing, these models might be out of stock or discontinued, so I might point to a similar style in links.
For a pure cashmere set that would otherwise cost you a total of $428 ($249 for the Hoodie and $179 for the pants) it’s a great saving.
In other words, keep an eye for sales!
Note: My prices are from the European Store, discounts and prices might be different for you!
Gobi Cashmere REview | Unboxing & Shipping
Instead of talking about how amazing everything is, I will actually begin with a mixed experience that involves shipping.
Since November, I’ve been living in Italy and I had plans to visit Greece and see my family for the holidays.
I bought separately the Navy Turtleneck which I shipped there, while the hoodie and joggers would arrive before my vacations in Italy.
The first arrived on time, but the shipment to Italy was extremely slow and Gobi customer service was as well.
A mix up with the Italian post and Gobi meant I could not track my package properly as they kept providing me with the wrong code.
In the end, I just had to be patient but for a package that comes from Germany waiting 3 weeks to receive something is unacceptable.
The presentation was similar to last time, with a nice box and everything inside a plastic bag with a zipper.
Simple presentation, nice folded clothes but most importantly exactly what I expected.
After a lot of experience with cashmere knitwear I generally know where to look at.
I check the seams, the pattern cutting and of course the smoothness of the weave.
Since I sort of knew what to expect from Gobi Cashmere I spent a bit more time gauging the fit and the feel of the cashmere.
If you remember my last sweater had a textured weave and I wanted to see how their smooth one was.
Overall, this feels adequately soft albeit with a shorter nap compared to say Altea Milano.
The color was dark navy and picture accurate and so was the hoodie combo if I am honest.
If anything, I liked those even more than the pictures as it was hard to imagine me wearing something like that.
But my street and casual style was lacking so I tried to remedy that with this.
Overall, a pleasant experience so far other than the shipping.
I will break this down into 2 subsections which are overall build quality and softness and warmth.
Build quality & Softness
Cashmere is not the toughest fabric there is especially when you only use 1-ply weaves.
So durability is an important part of my choice when buying cashmere knitwear.
At the same time, I don’t understand people that buy extremely expensive baby cashmere from Loro Piana as I would be afraid to wear them.
In any case, the quality of the Gobi Cashmere garments is pretty good.
Nonetheless, I don’t think I would spend full price for this hoodie combo.
The basic turtleneck however is really good value even at full price.
It has ribbed cuffs and roll-neck and a seemingly strong under-arm seam.
My hoodie has stripes on the side of the sleeves and is not available anymore in the USA, but there is a slightly looser stitch where the stripes begin.
We will see how that holds up.
The joggers are also pretty nice and it feels good on naked skin without any itching or annoyance.
After a few wears, the Turtleneck developed pilling on the lower sides right where my pelvis is.
The hoodie has more in many places, but honestly I wear it so much in the house and sometimes I sleep in it.
Both pill less than the excessive disappointment of Soft Goat.
In the end, you should just take care of your cashmere, use a proper brush and just accept that there will be pilling.
Contrary to popular beliefs, we do have pretty cold days in Florence so next time I will be looking to get a heavier, thicker sweater as these are a bit light.
However they keep me pretty warm without sweating and when I put the hood on, my head magically gets warm in seconds.
You wouldn’t go in 0 degrees out with just a sweater anyways, but with a coat and scarf you will be more than fine.
Can’t talk about the heavier weaves, but these are certainly great for Autumn and Spring layering but will still get good use during the winter.
Bonus points for turtlenecks for looking amazing and keeping your neck warm.
Now this is where it gets really interesting because this time I decided to make an experiment.
Last time, I bought the striped turtleneck in a Medium Size, which was siting well on me but just a tiny bit looser.
For someone that wanted a tighter fitting, it might have been more appropriate to go for a small.
If it helps you, I am 75 kg and 1.79 cm for reference and most of my knits are Medium.
This time around, I chose Small for the Navy Turtleneck and Medium for the Hoodie and Joggers.
Let’s see how that turned out.
Always a little nervous, but this ended up being a jackpot.
Sizing down was definitely the right choice for me, as this fits much nicer on my body, sleeves and neck.
One can probably argue that a couple more centimeters in length might be preferable, but I enjoy the fit very much.
This color and plain pattern is perfect for casual and dress.
So my general advice if you are around my weight and length is to size down from your usual for a more fitted fitting in these dressier knits.
Hoodie & Joggers | Medium
Since I already knew how the other Gobi Cashmere Striped Turtleneck fit me in Medium, I opted for the same in these two.
I wanted a comfortable, relaxing fit for everyday wear and that is exactly what I got.
To my (pleasant) surprise the fit was not as loose, something in between and still looks fitted on me.
Hoodie is perfect honestly and the joggers feel good as well.
Certainly better than the Soft Goat they replaced, which had an apocalyptic high rise making me look like Obelix.
Which is why I wore them only in my house.
The Gobi ones actually fit good, have a little shorter hem but at least they don’t make your crotch look like a nuclear reactor.
So my advice for those is to get your usual size and not experiment too much.
How to wear them?
If you haven’t noticed by the pictures above, it’s so easy to wear both.
While the trousers limit you to just sneakers unless you want to look like a moron, everything else is super flexible.
I wore the set with navy sneakers, but the hoodie can look great with jeans, chinos and even a coat.
For a more textured look, which is interchangeable with the turtleneck, I wore my Sons of Henrey Kudu Chukka Boots (Review Here).
As for the turtleneck itself there are no limits for classic menswear.
Wear it with a sports jacket for a sophisticated look, jeans for a casual one or even a nice suit for a monochromatic or contrasting look.
Navy is probably the most versatile color in the world so you cannot go wrong with it.
The hoodie is a bit trickier to show in pictures.
They call it “Decadent Chocolate” which I have no idea what that means but it is a very dark plum, chocolatey mix.
It was actually rather annoying when taking pictures because it appeared extremely purple.
But just as brown, you can mix it up with most colors like blue, light grey or beige.
In other words, think of the occasion and dress it up or down appropriately.
How To Take Care Of Your Cashmere
In my latest Gobi Cashmere Review, I included a simple way on how to take care of cashmere.
Here is the video again.
I recommend grabbing some cashmere shampoo, a cashmere pilling brush and washing by hand only or on a very soft gentle cycle in the washing machine.
How is the value?
I cannot comment on Gobi Cashmere’s value for their pretty expensive items such as overcoats, but on sale they seem like a great buy.
For the things I bought so far, for the prices I got them for they are pretty good.
Both pieces looked and fitted exactly the way I wanted them and plugged two holes in my wardrobe.
I would prefer a better shipping option since it was not free and maybe a little softer fabric.
But as long as it is durable I will be very happy.
The hoodie and joggers set seems to be a bit excessively expensive but on sale was excellent.
For the entry level I would certainly buy again but one thing is for sure; I will not be buying from Soft Goat again.
With so many frequent sales I don’t think you can go wrong with Gobi Cashmere.
There is something for everyone including men and women in all categories from clothes to accessories and blankets.
I like the models, variety and product photography with rather accurate colors and smiling people.
And as a last reminder, I paid for all of these clothes myself and it was not a sponsored post.
If anything, they never respond to my social media posts which is free content for them.
The last section in today’s Review is the availability of Gobi Cashmere and the items I showed you today.
Collections change all the time and by the time I published this the hoodie was gone.
Interestingly, in the USA there is a zipper variant with no side stripes instead.
Gobi Cashmere sells in many different regions and you can simply select yours on the top left corner.
So availability of each item depends on stock and seasonal collections, but shipping is worldwide.
A reminder that you can get the Turtleneck Sweater here and hopefully one of the other’s here.
And that was it everyone, my second Review roundup of Gobi Cashmere Mongolia.
Overall a very nice entry/medium level cashmere brand with enough transparency and information about its products.
Decent quality, sometimes a trickier fit but shipping aside I am a very happy customer and can recommend them.
Check out Gobi Cashmere Here and let me know in the comments if you have any experience with them.
Or maybe you bought something and want to share the good (or bad) news.
Until next week, take care my shoe loving friends!
Thank you for reading,
Greetings, I actually used your review of Gobi Cashmere and make a number of purchases of sweaters from the site. I like the fact that there are colors available that are not the usual boring basic ones. I initially that the weight was very light
but after wearing last winter they provided excellent warmth especially under heavy fur and shearling coats and jackets. Thanks for introducing me to the site. I will use your link next purchase. Happy Holidays.
Thanks for sharing your experience.
Yes I did mention they seemed a little light, but I use a cashmere coat and scarf and they work fine for me. Certainly better under a heavy coat or parka!
Have good holidays!